Anyone can buy a team jersey. These fans are on a different level.
Fresh off their team’s first Super Bowl victory, devoted Eagles fans have been rushing to tattoo artists to memorialize the game’s defining play.
Called, appropriately enough, the “Philly Special,” the trick play has already become a prominent piece of the Eagle’s newly minted Super Bowl lore. The play, which New England Tom Brady had earlier attempted (unsuccessfully), sent quarterback Nick Foles running downfield to catch a pass thrown by a sprinting wide receiver, resulting in a very memorable Philly touchdown.
YUP. Nick Foles is catching TD passes. In the @superbowl. Unbelievable. #SBLII #FlyEaglesFly https://t.co/NGNpIrrshO— NFL (@NFL) 1517792722
In the days following the game, the play was the subject of speculation as to whether the quarterback himself suggested the play to his coach, as would appear to be the case in this clip, though the context of this exchange leaves things murky at best:
.@NFoles_9 made the call, made the touchdown and made history. #PhillySpecial Watch more @NFLFilms highlights on t… https://t.co/CmF4q2uqtc— Inside the NFL (@Inside the NFL) 1517952405
Regardless of who called the play, the fanfare surrounding Philly Special has been defining and compelling enough that Eagles fans have been quick to memorialize the play’s X’s and O’s as skin art.
Eagles fan gets Foles TD catch play tattoo at Dreams Collide Tattoo in Lancaster, Pa. https://t.co/J52EeLaFGN— Darren Rovell (@Darren Rovell) 1517971491
Eagles Super Fan is here to show off his new Super Bowl tattoo! Stay tuned. 🏈 #fox29goodday https://t.co/9dMCB1byfC— FOX 29 (@FOX 29) 1517920648
Philadelphia is a city that takes its football seriously. After waiting their entire lives for a championship, it only makes sense for fans to spend their remaining years on earth celebrating it.
UPDATE: I found Teddy Munz, the man with the Nick Foles tattoo! He’s an English teacher in South Jersey and he’ll j… https://t.co/mXYRVP5Ejs— Zach Clark (@Zach Clark) 1518030389
Eagles win their first Super Bowl. This fan gets his first tattoo 😳 (via @RealMikeLong83) https://t.co/DawH7VgfZm— Bleacher Report (@Bleacher Report) 1518016959
Sure, these freshly tatted fans might be a joke to plenty of people online, but to fellow Eagles fans, they are awesome.